MORRISON, WAID & SIMONE On a CAPTAIN MARVEL FAMILY Title? It Almost Happened

Captain Marvel family by Cameron Stewart
Credit: Cameron Stewart (DC Comics)
Credit: DC Comics

Earlier this week, Gail Simone took to her very active Twitter feed to reveal dream project with an all-star writing team that was cut short before it ever got off the ground.

"People may already know that my favorite superhero characters are probably the Marvel family, and I've never gotten to write them," said Simone, referring to Captain Marvel (now just called Shazam), his sister Mary Marvel, and sidekick Captain Marvel, Jr.

It turns out, Simone almost got her chance - alongside two superstar collaborators.

"The idea was, three features, rotating the lead story; Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel," Simone explained of the unproduced book. "Grant Morrison would write Jr., Mark Waid would write Cap, and I would write Mary Marvel."

"I mean, how freaking cool would that be? Mark Waid on Cap, Grant on Jr? That would be the best DC book ever," said Simone. "That is one of the few real regrets I have for a project that didn't quite happen."

Simone also explained her love of the Marvel Family - specifically Mary Marvel. 

"The thing is, I love Mary Marvel for some very specific reasons," Simone explained. "I love the entire Marvel family because I think they are the best wish story in comics. They are poor, abandoned orphans with no one, and they are granted all the power in the world with a magic word. A word anyone reading could say."

"And they don't use their power to be grim dickheads, they use it to be kind and charming and to stop bullies and oppressors," she continued. "More than that, quite specifically, Mary Marvel was always one of the few girl heroes who actually behaved like a girl."

art from The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1
art from The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1
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"I can't stress what a big deal that was. So many young girls oversexualized or endlessly, shallowly aggressive in comics. But Mary had that early Peter Parker thing where she actually dealt with being young in a different, believable way."

Simone finished the story saying the project was one of her "few real regrets" about an unused project.

Captain Marvel/Shazam has recently appeared as part of Geoff Johns's Justice League, where he is now temporarily powered by the New Gods instead of his traditional Greek pantheon as part of "Darkseid War." The rest of the Marvel family remains absent from the "New 52," though they have appeared in alternate universe stories such as Multiversity and Convergence

A Shazam feature film is scheduled for April 5, 2019, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Shazam's arch-enemy Black Adam.

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